To Horace Mann
inferior, and were positive against fighting. Lord Stair, with only the English, proceeded, and drew out in order; but though the French were then so vastly superior, they did not attack him. The King is no.w at the army, and, they say, will endeavour to make the Austrians fight. It will make great confusion here if they do not. The French are evacuating Bavaria as fast as possible, and seem to intend to join all their force together. I shall still dread all the events of this campaign. Adieu !
121. To HOKACE MANN.
Houghton, June 20, 1743.
I HAVE painted the Raphael to my Lord almost as fine as Kaphael himself could; but he will not think of it: he will not give a thousand guineas for what he never saw. I wish I could persuade him. For the other hands, he has already fine ones of every one of them. There are yet no news of the Pembroke: we grow impatient.
I have made a short tour to Euston this week with the Duke of Q-rafton, who came over from thence with Lord Lincoln and Mr. Pelhani. Lord Lovel and Mr. Coke carried me and brought me back. It is one of the most admired seats in England—in my opinion, because Kent has a most absolute disposition of it. Kent is now so fashionable, that, like Addison's Liberty, he
Can make bleak rocks and barren mountains smile.
I believe the Duke wishes he could make them green too. The house is large and bad; it was built by Lord Arlington *, and stands, as all old houses do for convenience
LETTER 121.—l Henry Bennett (1618-1685), first Earl of Arlington, minister of Charles II. His only child, Lady Isabella Bennett, suc-
ceeded hi-rn as Countess of Arlington, and, marrying the first Duke of Graffcon, carried Euston (and her title) into that family.
A a 2